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  1. #1
    Mar 2010
    Southwest Georgia
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    My 56 year streak has come to an end

    I officially retired for the third and last time today. After 56 years in the work force I felt it was time to give someone else a chance at a low paying/ hard work job!
    I really wanted to stay two more years but back injuries from an OJT car wreck have finally gotten to be too much to handle.
    I started work at the age of 12 with my parents signing a release so I could go to work at a car wash. I have worked one and two jobs at a time since then.
    So, what can Y'all tell me about retirement?
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    My wife does all the driving, I just hold the steering wheel.

  2. #2
    Jan 2019
    548 times
    You will like it, just stay busy.

    I retired two years ago and could not be happier. I did not expect property taxes to double, or for me to get sick, but it has been good too. I get to spend a lot of time with my wife and daughters, and get outside quite a bit.

    Congratulations on retirement! Just stay busy or you will "rust".

  3. #3
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    Gare or Gary

    Dec 2012
    Canton Ohio Area
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    Fryffytr1: Find a job lol at least something that requires your attention every day . You can not just set around watching tv. You need something to keep you motivated
    Hawks88, Lunch Bag, Keppy and 1 others like this.
    Only TWO things in the world that spook my horses THINGS THAT MOVE and THINGS THAT DON'T MOVE !!!

  4. #4

    Aug 2012
    Niagara falls
    Equinox 600
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    Congrats on retirement. I retired 12 yrs. ago and never looked back. I love every day I have, to do whatever I want. Find something you like to do and do it. The years seem to go by real fast when you don’t have to go to work anymore.

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    Apr 2018
    Lanesville, IN
    White Coin master 4000 Garrett AT PRO
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    Have fun. I retired 1 1/2 years ago. Started with farm work at 5 years old and put 42 years in at a distillery. Bad thing is now I have the time but my body sometimes disagrees with me. Can't do as much as I would sometimes like but when the body says no, I keep my mind busy with research. Still make runs for the vol. fire dept. but try to use my brain more and my back less. It's different but not hard to like. LOL Good luck with your retirement.
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  6. #6
    Aug 2012
    New Mexico USA
    My Head
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    I retired my business in 08. Retirement was not what I thought. I thought I'd have time for all sorts of diversions but it seems I run out of time faster that when I worked. My home has been my hobby. Move this wall, add this room etc. Retirement kind of defines itself.
    Biggest change is loosing the interaction with people when working. The days go too fast.
    Then there's the Business of medicine. You'll be surprised how many meds and procedures these docs come up with. There's big bucks in old bodies.
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    Chop wood..Carry water

  7. #7
    Charter Member
    Nov 2012
    XP Deus, Tesoro Cibola, Full sized shovel and a backhoe
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    I retired in December. I'm still trying to figure it out.
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  8. #8

    Sep 2012
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    Fyrffytr1, I retired after working heavy lifting/hard labor jobs for 61 years. I find that growing vegetables and flowers is as peaceful and fulfilling as can be.
    I feed many family and neighbors with the products from my garden and the neighborhood children love picking fresh food off the plants and learning about
    all the things they can about the garden. It is great for the neighbors and for me. My Jordanian muslim neighbors are anxious to start planting their first garden with me this spring.
    In the winter there is much to learn on the web and a great time to bargain shop the things you need for the garden. Often 50 to 75 % off clearance items.

    Good Luck and best withes.....Joe McDonough
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  9. #9
    May 2018
    A state of Resistance
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    I retired 1.5 yers ago after 46 years, 32 with the last employer. It is easier to prepare to retire financially than to prepare psychologically to not seeing close old friends at work who became family. Keep in touch with them and show them how much you care about them. Our first grandchild was born a year after we retired and he is a joy to us. My wife also retired and watches the little one - which gives her great purpose. Do what you enjoy - go metal detecting, explore, make new friends, volunteer, adopt an animal in need, donate blood, try new hobbies, travel, visit distant family members. Say "I don't know how I ever had time for work".
    Last edited by Megalodon; Feb 06, 2019 at 07:23 PM.
    "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." - John Adams

  10. #10

    Apr 2018
    Iberville Parish, Louisiana
    Garrett ACE 250 / Garrett AT Max / Garrett Pro Pointer / Garrett Pro Pointer AT
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    Well Congrats..
    Im bout to go into drop myself so Not far behind ya.
    Stay busy, youll have more time to put out more game cameras now.
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  11. #11
    Feb 2010
    1323 times
    I would recommend retirement. I retired last March. My first job was sweeping out a broom factory when I was 5. I got paid a quarter, which I took across the street to a store for a soda,giant candy bar and a pack of juicy fruit. After 31 yrs, 9 months and 17 days (not that I was counting) of packing the mail, most of it 14 miles and about 1000 stairs a day, I thought I couldn't just sit on my keester or I'd bloat up like a toad. So I walk most mornings to a convenience store and get a cup of coffee and walk home. Most of the time with my dog. I also walk half that in the afternoon. I log about 5 miles a day.
    I'm luckier than most I guess. If I don't count O.T. and what I was putting into savings, my take home is about 40 bucks a month less than when I was working. I don't worry about working for for a buck & a half a day. I try and do ONE productive thing a day then I don't feel guilty if I don't get anything else done. Getting out of bed don't count, walking the dog does.
    I don't hunt, fish or golf but the last few years of work I was worn out when I got home most days so there are several "projects" still waiting to be done. If you get too bored come by, I'll find a paint brush for ya & will provide cold beer.....when the job is done. Good luck. Uglymailman (ret.)
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  12. #12
    Charter Member
    An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson)
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    Do not vegetate or you might wilt and die too early. If at all possible, get in better physical shape. Make another friend. Get excited about something; a hobby, a part time stress-less job; or volunteer where your experience would be most helpful. An example of the a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor in the field of your expertise.


  13. #13
    Lookit Tha Size O' Those Hog-Mollies!!!

    Jan 2009
    SW MO
    Garrett AT Pro/ Fisher M-Scope 1280-X
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    I wouldn't know anything about retirement...2 back surgeries down and still climbing ladders and crawling in attics and under houses...maybe one
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  14. #14
    Feb 2013
    WHITES DFX AND VIPER TRIDENT , Fisher F75 and just added a CTX 3030 Minelab to start 2018
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    fyrffytr1, ok, what does that stand for ? LOL My second year of full retirement.... I love it..... My poor wife has Alzheimers and and is in a nursing home because she needs 100% care... I go there every morning and feed her breakfast and take her for a tour of the place in her wheelchair. My afternoons, I tend to the grass / snow and then I detect. The fresh air and nature, gets my mind off my problems for awhile, finding relics and coins is a plus... like a few guys already said, the days go faster... When your working the days drag to the weekend.... basssmann I metal detect so much, I haven't had time to Bass fish, might have to change my name,,, lol

  15. #15
    Been there...Dug that

    Mar 2015
    Northern Illinois
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    Kick back and start enjoying yourself, Fyrffytr! You earned it, Sir! 🙌 I pulled the pin in 2016 after 36 yrs in LE. Worked full-time since 1966 and, like you, sometimes one or even two part-time jobs along the way. I spent the first year of mine just relaxing and doing lots of nothing...aside from hunting and reconnecting with family and friends. Now I'm back into a nice routine...and it includes light exercise every day (which I suggest you do too). Plenty of more time to hunt now...if the freakin' weather will only cooperate! 😂 Just...enjoy the rest of your life! 😁
    "There's GOLD in them thar hills! least a coupla nice Mercs."


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